Having once lived in Melbourne, one is rather relieved to find Thomas Dux in Sydney also. The focus is on Thomas Dux in Surry Hills' fabulous Crown Street. If you're walking from Oxford Street, you don't really have that far to walk. Neither if you're coming from the other direction in Crown Street.
Fresh produce reigns
Walk up a short flight of stairs, and heavenly handmade chocolate welcomes you inside. It is easy to mistaken food halls for this place. Love the decadent hand made chocolate pieces, and the chilli milk at $120 a kilo is sensational. Simple equation: $1.20 a piece. The chilli hit is insane, however the chocolate itself comprises of either ordinary or dark chocolate.
Great cakes all round
Head on inside, and the fresh fruit and vegetables never disappoint. These treats are either a hit or a miss with some people, yet their pistachio macarons are divine.
A great range of bottled water delights here too
Heading on in, some great sauces and general groceries await. The meat section is right up the back. One of my recent visits to The Gay Bar nearby inspired me to come here. The Gay Bar's head chef, Mark Proudfoot is a Thomas Dux food ambassador. When you try his new meatball sensations, you'll begin to understand why. His sauce is just divine, and you can buy the sauce at this Thomas Dux Grocer. Off the top of my head, I believe the brand of these sauces are called Proud Foods.
The popular macarons - to some
Keep on walking towards the front of the grocers, and you might be lucky to find a table with items reduced to clear. They're still quality divine. Love the deli area to the left. Some tasty cakes and other lunch like treats can be found here. I also love their roast chicken.
The meat section at the back
I never leave this Thomas Dux Grocers without a packet of some chocolate liquorice sticks. A pack of five at $2 is excellent value. Difficult to buy anywhere else. They're gone by the time I walk back into the city at the waterfall area at Hyde Park.
This Thomas Dux Grocers is host to a weekend tasting market, usually held every Friday to Sunday. Your chance to try some quality foods, to the likes of Brasserie Bread and Bowan Island Bakery to name. Sonoma is also a featured food brand at this tasting experience.
Never leave this Thomas Dux without a packet of these
Comes highly recommended. Quality food and quality produce.
Where: Thomas Dux Grocer, Crown Street Surry Hills.
Why: For chocolate, macarons and fresh food all round. Their produce range is also superb.
Cost: Depends on you, and how much you want to spend.
When: Monday to Saturday: 7am to 8:30pm. Sunday: 8am to 8:30pm.